School psychologist Dr. Peter Faustino shares six tips to help families with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) talk about tragedy. These tips not only offer families power and strength to encourage their children to cope with frightening and tragic events, but also allow families to establish a sense of security for their children. Examples of some tips are:
- Starting the conversation by asking your child what he or she already knows about the incident
- Using the communication style and level that works best for your child
- Recognizing that individual children process information differently and over a different time course
- Connecting with others to develop support networks
- Watching for behavioral changes in your child
- Focusing on positive aspects of the incident, to the extent possible
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